Tariffs Imposed on Chinese Will Cause Price Rise for All Solar Panels
As you may have heard, the International Trade Commission and the United States Department of Commerce have been investigating whether Chinese solar module manufacturers are trading unfairly in the US. The initial ITC ruling in March found that the Chinese government unfairly subsidized Chinese solar module manufacturers in violation of Trade Commission rules.
On the 17th of May, the Department of Commerce announced that they were preliminarily imposing much greater tariffs on Chinese-made solar cells and modules containing these cells than previously estimated. The rate is roughly 32% for most of the major companies and up to 250% for many manufacturers. Modules from American manufacturers will almost certainly be higher priced and in short supply as soon as large developers seek out now lower priced domestic product.
The immediate result of the decision is that solar panels will soon cost about 10-30% more. Modules already in the US are unaffected at the retail level.